Unfortunately leadholder.com doesn’t work 100% at the moment. Many of leadholder.com’s images will not display, so I can’t be sure whether this is a real Staedtler lead holder or a copy ..but for now, because of the blue colour, I assume that Denys Fisher, the inventor of the Spirograph, used a Staedtler lead holder in these photos.
Haiyan Zhang came up with an invention that helps Parkinson’s sufferers to be able to write and draw again – and it all started with her Staedtler pens.
Here’s a look at the “Bright White” Finch Fine Smooth 70# text paper found in the new Field Notes Black Ice.
As in previous blog posts I have created violin plots of graphite samples on the different papers.
To read under what conditions the graphite is put on the paper please read the explanation in Lunatic Paper or other blog posts.
Colour base paper shift
Previous samples were automatically adjusted by the scanner, so the violin plots were all closer together than they should have been, i.e. the base colour of the paper didn’t make a big difference.
This has now been changed, explanation in the video, so the results are more objective, but also feel more difficult to compare.
The finch Fine paper used in the Black Ice Field Notes is great, nearly as good as the Boise paper in the County Fair editions. For my purposes, i.e. writing with pencils, it is miles better than the Finch Opaque paper used in the original Field Notes.
One small issue with the Black Ice though: the paper at the bottom of some of my notebooks was ripped, see photo. Even though the shrinkwrapping was intact this might have happened in transport as my Field Notes calendar was also damaged in transport.
..but not any Enchanted Blue, this is the Enchanted Ocean.
It combines the seriousness of a blue-black ink and the joyfulness of Hello Kitty merchandising, which means that you will be embarrassed to take it out at work as well as feeling awkward taking it out at a children’s party, too.
Photographed against the light to make the sparkles more obvious.
He said all and more I could have said, so change of plans then, I only post a short review of this mechanical pencil, but talk about why I like sliding sleeves, again.
I don’t know why sliding sleeves are such a niche. In my imagination drafting and technical drawing is done on a computer, so there’s no point in having a rigid sleeve/pipe around the lead so that you can use your mechanical pencil more precisely with a ruler.
In my imagination most use mechanical pencils for writing, at least when we talk about today and when we talk about Earth. Of course there will be exceptions, too.
When writing with a fixed sleeve you have to ‘click’ after you used up the 0.5mm or however much you have advanced the lead.
If you have a sliding sleeve it will retract while you use the lead, so you will have 4mm or more to use up before you need to advance the lead.
If you use soft leads (I don’t) the advantage gets even better than with hard leads because you use the lead p so much faster.
The OHTO Conception
Most of my ideas about this pencil can be seen in this video:
In short: You can adjust how far you want the lead to advance and you can adjust whether you want a fixed or a sliding sleeve.
That’s a lot of value for the $15 I paid on eBay. Unfortunately the pen is not available for this price anymore. As far as I can tell OHTO doesn’t have an official presence in the UK, so I wonder whether all OHTO pens here are grey imports anyway. If they are I certainly didn’t have to feel bad for buying it for a good price from Japan instead of buying it for a higher price from a grey importer in the UK.
With 23g the pen’s weight is pretty average for a pen with a metal body and slightly heavier than your average pen with a plastic body.
You might remember my table with the force needed for different sliding sleeves. Well, the OHTO Conception, at least my 0.3mm version, is a bit difficult to place in that table. When I first checked I got a very good value, 5cN or even better, but when I checked another time, after the pencil was in fixed sleeve mode, a force of four time that was needed. It seems that changing from sliding to fixed sleeve mode and back will not always put the sleeve in the same state. Sometimes you then have a ‘better’ sliding sleeve, sometimes a ‘worse’ one.
A great pencil, that could do with a bit more grip. I only wish I had bought another colour.